The Avengers is superheroically entertaining

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Starring Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson. Rated PG.

How superheroically entertaining is 3-D superhero smorgasbord The Avengers? Well, for example, there’s an excellent moment in which villainous god Loki imperiously informs the Hulk: “I am a god, you dull creature,” after which the Hulk smashes Loki back and forth into a cement floor like a stupid toy. Wham. Wham. Wham. Awesome. Actually, awesome enough to distract some of us from our sweaty crush on the WWF–hunky god Thor, about whom we keep having superinteresting dreams.

The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, all rumply and chill when he’s not mad and green), Thor (Chris Hemsworth, uh-huh), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr. being Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are all assembled in one supermovie to make supermoney for Marvel. Oh, and to stop Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from invading Earth—or, way more importantly, New York City—which turns out to be a crazy, messy blast. FYI: superheroes never have to clean up after themselves.

Before helping S.H.I.E.L.D. honcho Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) battle Loki and his scary, ugly army that’s flying down from one of those wormholes in the sky that we all worry about, the Avengers get into fun scraps with each other. Director-cowriter Joss Whedon knows we want to watch the Hulk versus Black Widow, Iron Man versus Captain America, and the Hulk versus Thor. And, yeah: the Hulk versus everyone. We do.

The Avengers also supergenerously delivers more funny one-liners than any action-fantasy movie ever, at least on this planet. “What is this, Shakespeare in the Park?” Iron Man asks the caped, Brit-accented Loki and Thor. “Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?” And Thor says to the humans: “You people are so petty…and tiny.”

Agreed. And we’ll totally stay petty and tiny if it means hot Norse gods coming to help us.


Watch the trailer for The Avengers.

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